Prior to my oldest daughter’s senior year, we wanted to visit New York City so my wife could take my daughter’s senior pictures in so many beautiful locations throughout the city. I will not bore you with the hundreds of those pictures, but I will show you some of the highlights of our quick trip to the Big Apple. We were only in the city for a few days, so we were constantly moving, while getting each morning started with a workout in Central Park. At this point all three of my daughters were running cross country and were trying to get some miles in while on vacation… what better place than in Central Park. Central Park has so many running trails and paths to explore. The Ramble was probably the neatest area we explored. You definitely don’t realize you are in the middle of one of the busiest city in the World. Unless you have explored the park for yourself, you probably wouldn’t believe how many cool things are tucked inside the confines of the park itself.
Our hotel was close to Columbus Circle, so we were nicely located to the edge of Central Park, the subway station at Columbus Circle & within walking distance of the majority of the sights we wanted to see. After checking into our hotel, our first stop was a stroll to Times Square. I have to be honest, the first time I ever walked into Times Square, I wasn’t nearly as impressed as I thought I was going to be. Granted it was mid-afternoon and it just seemed like a bunch of people walking around, taking selfies, and staring at the tall buildings. For three teenagers, this was what they thought it would be and more. To be fair, when returned later in the evening, I found the appeal so many people were looking for…the lights. It is so much more interesting at night with all of the light displays, while the people watching is off the charts.
After a quick subway ride to lower Manhattan, we explored the 911 Memorial & Museum. This was such a humbling and mournful experience. The museum was well done and definitely immerses you in the experience as if you were a ground zero during this fateful morning.
After a quick stop at Charging Bull near Battery Park, we grabbed some lunch and relaxed in Battery Park and waited for our boat to Liberty Island.
The tour of Liberty and Ellis Island was nice, but is was super busy and very crowded. I wish we had planned a little bit better and found a day that wasn’t so crowded, but then again we were on a very tight schedule. The views of lower Manhattan were worth the congestion.
We wanted to explore the area around Rockefeller Center and see some of the main attractions in this area. St. Patrick’s Cathedral was the highlight for me.